Well, the All Star Break is here and nothing teaches me that I know nothing about baseball like the actual results of the games! I posted predictions on February 26 and 27 about how I thought this baseball season would shake out. Ugh. I should've waited until after the World Baseball Classic, but I couldn't help myself. These predictions were pretty awful, but let's look back:
NL West Prediction: Dodgers, D'Backs, Giants, Rockies, and Padres
Oops! I wanted to pick the Giants higher, but I thought I had been brainwashed by all the Bay Area Sports Talk radio I listen to! The Giants pitching is stupid and deserves more respect than I gave it. They are 10 games over .500! 10! Props to G$ for giving them their preseason love. PS: Giants fans, almost half of the games are still left, don't go getting on your high horse so early... I feel it coming from a lot of you and you have to realize that there is a lot of season left.
NL East Prediction: Phillies, Mets, Braves, Marlins, and Nationals
Not bad. I have the Phillies on top, which they are, but they are followed by the Marlins, Braves, then the Mets, and finally, the awful Nationals. I should've known the Mets would just continue to get worse. In fairness, they've been quite injured (Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado) but you can't drop pop-ups to lose games and get respect on this blog.
NL Central Prediction: Cubs, Cards, Astros, Brewers, Reds, and Pirates
Pretty bad. My love of the Cubs has shadowed my ability to make predictions. I'm not sure if being unbias would have changed anything though. The Cubs won 97 games and are still trotting out a similar line up to last year. Milton Bradley may have been the worst signing of the offseason. If he disagrees with that, then he can start hitting and stop bumping umpires and trying to fight Gatorade machines. At least fight Sweet Lou or Big Z. That would be eerily reminiscent of the movie "Major League."
AL West: Athletics, Angels, Rangers, Seattle Ichiros
No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! I'm sorry general public, there is really no excuse for this one.
AL Central: Indians, Twins, Tigers, Royals, White Sox
Umm... I'm 2 for 2 picking American League celler dwellers for first place in their respective divisions. Ouch.
AL East: Yankees, Red Sox* (Wildcard), Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles
Phew! At least this one is close! It would've been better had the Yankees played better this past weekend (swept by the Angels?!) but I stand by this one. I pretty much have to because none of my other predictions are worth a damn.
So in retrospect, I made horrible predictions, but hey! At least my fantasy team is still in first place! I hope the All Star festivities are more worthwhile than my picks.